Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates with the 2021 Australian Open trophy
Tennis player Naomi Osaka with her 2021 Australian Open trophy | TPN/Getty Images

Naomi Osaka was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Haitian father. Since she was three years old, the tennis star has lived in the U.S. At age 16, Osaka’s 2014 WTA Tour debut included a victory over U.S. Open champ Samantha Stosur. Four years later, she beat Serena Williams in the 2018 U.S. Open finals, becoming the first Japanese singles player to win a Grand Slam.

Now a four-time Grand Slam champion, Osaka has become the highest-paid female athlete ever, earning over $34 million in endorsements alone. She is the co-owner of the North Carolina Courage women’s soccer team and founded a skincare line, Kinlò, that’s marketed toward people with melanated skin.

  • Born: Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan
  • Raised: New York and Florida
  • Height: 5’11”
  • Career singles record: 251–139
  • Grand Slams: Two-time Australian Open champion (2019, 2021) and two-time U.S. Open champion (2018, 2020)
  • Highest ranking: No. 1 (January 2019)
  • Dominant hand: Right

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